Santa gave his reindeer and sleigh the afternoon off today, when he took a ride in a lifeboat to drop into a Christmas food and gift fair at Cowes.
Image: Santa arrives at the fair aboard Cowes RNLI lifeboat.
The RNLI’s Cowes-based Atlantic 85 Sheena Louise conveyed Santa to the event, held in Red Funnel’s Fountain Yard. Two of the station’s women crew donned suitably seasonal headgear to take on the role of his elves.
Santa, who had a passing resemblance to another crew member, Peter Tarrant, was kept busy in the huge marquee handing out sweets to youngsters and listening to their wishes for presents. Meanwhile other crew members carried out a bucket collection for the charity.
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